Employment Opportunities

Applicants must submit an ONLINE application at https://jobs.ou.edu for the appropriate job requisition number. Computers and personal assistance are available at the Office of Human Resources, 905 Asp, room 205, Norman, OK 73069. For positions listed below, applicants must submit resume, cover letter, and three professional references (including phone number and address) with their online application. Include job requisition number on all correspondence. Deadlines subject to change with or without notice. Please be aware that each position listed below will have its own application deadline.

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Available Positions

Title Requisition Number Position Type
Web Designer 163622 Full Time Hourly Staff
Student Museum Education Assistant (SPRING) 163774 Student Employee
Volunteer Program Coordinator 163708 Full Time Hourly Staff
Student Public Programs Education Assistant (SPRING) 163470 Student Employee
Student Volunteer Assistant/Teen Volunteer Coordinator (SPRING) 163557 Student Employee
Collection Manager - Ethnology 163342 Full Time Hourly Staff

mammals-dnaWe are excited to announce an open position at the rank of Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator in the Department of Biology and the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma. We invite creative, innovative and dynamic individuals who would like to be part of a strong team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists to apply for the following tenure-track faculty/curator position, which will begin fall 2017:

  • A collections-based mammalogist whose research emphasizes molecular approaches.

We are searching for a creative, collaborative thinker to join us in using genetic and/or genomic tools and datasets in combination with innovative computational, ecological, behavioral and/or comparative approaches to address important biological questions about mammals ranging from the origin and maintenance of organismal diversity, adaptation to changing environments, evolution, conservation and human health and disease.

Open position

Mammalian Genetics/Genomics Assistant Professor/Curator

The University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Museum and College of Arts and Sciences are excited to announce a position at the rank of Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator in the Sam Noble Museum and Department of Biology. The museum and department are committed to building an internationally recognized center of excellence in ecology and evolutionary biology. Currently, we have a strong emphasis on the study of ecology and evolutionary biology, including more than 30 complementary curator and faculty research programs. Research integrates all levels, from molecules to the biosphere, and many branches of the tree of life. To build on this strength, the museum and department invites creative, innovative, dynamic individuals who would like to be part of a strong team to apply for this position.

This search compliments a recent hire in ornithology, a cluster hire of three positions in geographical ecology and a planned cluster hire of five positions in the biology of organismal behavior in the next few years.

A Dynamic University In a Community That Offers High Quality of Life

The University of Oklahoma is a growing Carnegie-R1 public research university located in the city of Norman, Oklahoma. The University and the surrounding community create an ideal environment where our faculty can integrate work and achievement with family, recreation and a high quality of life. Find out more about how OU and the Norman community do this.

How to Apply

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree, a record of outstanding achievement as evidenced by publications, and field and museum research experience in mammalogy. Preferred candidates will have a promising (assistant professor) research program. Each individual will be expected to provide excellent training for graduate students and postdocs and mentor undergraduates in research. Successful candidates will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching (one course per year) in areas such as mammalogy, animal behavior, biogeography, genetics, evolution, comparative anatomy, ecological modeling or bioinformatics.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, summary of experience and goals (including teaching, research and curation) and representative reprints/preprints as PDF files to Dr. Michael A. Mares, Director, mamares@ou.edu. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to mamares@ou.edu or to Genetic Mammalogist Search Committee, Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, Oklahoma, 73072-7029. For more information, go to soonerway.ou.edu/ and search open positions. To learn more about the museum and the biology department, explore this website and visit biology.ou.edu. Screening of candidates will begin Oct. 22, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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About the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

In 1899, the Territorial Legislature of the future state of Oklahoma mandated the founding of a natural history museum on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Over more than 100 years, the collections have grown to more than 12 million objects that are now organized into 12 collections, from Native American Languages to Genomic Resources. They are the greatest collection of Oklahoma materials that provide the basis for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of the state and are held in trust for the people of Oklahoma and the nation. Formally known as the Stovall Museum, the museum was renamed and designated the state’s natural history museum (the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History) by legislative action in 1987.

In 2000, the museum moved into a new 198,000-square-foot facility on a 40-acre campus site. The Sam Noble Museum has a dual role as the designated museum of natural history for Oklahoma and as an organized teaching and research unit of the University of Oklahoma. The museum’s mission is grounded in scholarship and stewardship of the tangible heritage of Oklahoma that is held in trust for the public. The museum is committed to maintaining standards of professional ethical excellence set forth by the American Alliance of Museums including planned and coherent growth and development, care and use of the collections while preserving them from deterioration, mismanagement or indiscriminate dispersal. In recognition of its commitment to the exemplary care and preservation of collections, the museum received the Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections from Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in 2004. In 2014, the museum was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in recognition of its significant and exceptional contributions to its community outreach and education. In 2015, the museum was recognized internationally with a Best in Heritage Award.

Sam Noble Museum Curators

Janet K. Braun, Head Curator, Staff Curator of Mammalogy and Genomic Resources, Interim Curator of Ichthyology: systematics and biogeography of the mammals of South America

Richard L. Cifelli, Professor/Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology: evolution of mammals, with particular emphasis on systematics and functional morphology with emphasis on the Cretaceous of North America

Nicholas J. Czaplewski, Staff Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Marc N. Levine, Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator of Archaeology: political economy, social inequality, and the role of Tututepec in the broader political landscape of Postclassic Mesoamerica

Richard Lupia, Associate Professor/Associate Curator of Paleobotany and Micropaleontology: vegetation changes during the Late Paleozoic Ice Age, specifically the latest Pennsylvanian through the Early Permian (~310-275 million years ago) of Oklahoma and Kansas

Michael A. Mares, Director and Professor/Curator of Mammalogy: systematics, ecology, biogeography and conservation of the mammals of South America

Katrina Menard, Staff Curator of Recent Invertebrates: biodiversity of the True Plant Bugs (Miridae), especially focusing on molecular methods to look at deep evolutionary lineages in this megadiverse group of bugs

Matthew J. Miller, Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator of Ornithology: Evolutionary genetics and genomics of avian systems, disease ecology

Cameron D. Siler, Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator of Herpetology: Phylogenetics, population genetics, evolution of complex morphological traits, biogeography, herpetology

Dan C. Swan, Professor/Curator of Ethnology: Heritage construction, history and expressive culture of the peyote religion, museum anthropology, and theories of materiality

Stephen R. Westrop, Professor/Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology: paleontology, ecology and evolutionary biology, patterns and processes of mass extinction, with special reference to Lower Paleozoic trilobite faunas of North America

Native American Languages (vacant)

Ichthyology (vacant)

About Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at OU

“In these challenging times, I have told our faculty that all future hires must be strategic. Our goal is to bring the best available researchers and teachers to the University of Oklahoma.”

-Kelly Damphousse, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

The OU Biology Department currently has broad research strengths in the study of ecology and evolutionary biology, including complementary faculty research programs. Through key hires that complement our existing strengths, we will develop our Department and the University of Oklahoma as an internationally recognized center of excellence for the study of ecology and evolutionary biology.

“EEBies” study a wide variety of taxa, from the archaea to fungi, from algae to insects, from grasses to mammals. We ask questions at a variety of levels from physiological ecology to phylogenetic reconstruction. We use tools as varied as quadrats and computer models, molecules and satellites, to get at the answers. We work in ecosystems throughout Oklahoma and the world, from high prairie to the ozark forests, from rivers to reservoirs and from the polar seas to tropical rainforests.

We are committed to the position that incorporates an integrative approach to discovering the nature and principles underlying ecological and evolutionary processes, the origin and maintenance of biodiversity, and the diversity and dynamics of the world’s natural systems. The EEB biologists at OU already cross these boundaries, and our strengths in combining evolutionary, physiological and genetic approaches differentiate the OU Biology Department from many other biology departments. The position we seek to fill will complement and advance these strengths.

Resources and Related Divisions

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Department of Biology
Oklahoma Biological Survey
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program
Biology Department Research Facilities
Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory
Oklahoma Medial Research Foundation Core Facilities

Department of Biology Faculty in EEB

Dan Allen, Assistant Professor: Stream ecology/riparian ecology, landscape ecology, stable isotope ecology, food-web ecology
Elizabeth A. Bergey, Associate Professor: Aquatic biology, phycology, stream ecology
Richard E. Broughton, Professor: Molecular evolution and phylogenetics of fishes
Richard L. Cifelli, Professor: Mammalogy; systematics; evolutionary biology; comparative anatomy
Ola M. Fincke, Professor: Behavioral ecology of insects; tropical ecology
Phil Gibson, Associate Professor: Evolutionary ecology, plant reproduction, plant-animal interactions
Cynthia Gordon, Associate Professor: Functional morphology, evolutionary ecology
David Hambright, Professor: Limnology, plankton and fish ecology, invasive species, harmful algal blooms, and microbial diversity
Kenneth R. Hobson, Associate Professor: Insect ecology; forest entomology; chemical ecology; entomology
Mariëlle H. Hoefnagels, Associate Professor: Soil microbiology; mycology; biology education
Michael Kaspari, Professor: Community ecology; biodiversity; entomology; macroecology
Jeff Kelly, Professor: Conservation biology, avian ecology; stable isotope applications in ecology; distribution and abundance of vertebrates in Oklahoma
Heather Ketchum, Associate Professor: Medical-veterinary and forensic entomology
Rosemary Knapp, Professor: Comparative neuroendocrinology and physiology; reproductive behavior
Michael A. Mares, Professor: Evolutionary ecology; desert ecology; community development; biogeography; population ecology; mammalogy
Michael R. Markham, Associate Professor: Real-time interactions between behavior, ion channels, and functional plasticity in excitable cells.
Katie E. Marshall, Assistant Professor: Physiological and geographical ecology
Katharine A. Marske, Assistant Professor: Comparative phylogeography, biogeography, community/macroecology
Edie Marsh-Matthews, Professor: Evolutionary ecology, community ecology, ichthyology
John P. Masly, Associate Professor: Evolution and development of complex traits; evolutionary genetics
William J. Matthews, Professor: Ichthyology; fish ecology
David McCauley, Associate Professor: Evolutionary developmental biology; basal vertebrate development
Matthew Miller, Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator of Ornithology: Evolutionary genetics and genomics of avian systems, disease ecology
Thomas S. Ray, Professor: Evolutionary biology; ecology; tropical biology; digital evolution; pharmacology
Ingo Schlupp, Professor: Gynogenetic mating systems; evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction; sexual selection; population biology of fishes including conservation biology
Cameron Siler, Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator of Herpetology: Phylogenetics, population genetics, evolution of complex morphological traits, biogeography, herpetology
Caryn C. Vaughn, Professor: Stream ecology; conservation biology
Lawrence J. Weider, Professor: Evolutionary ecology; arctic ecology; ecological genetics
Gary A. Wellborn, Professor: Population ecology; community ecology; evolutionary ecology; behavior